5 most common areas where humans experience pain

While the number of people suffering from pain has increased significantly in recent years, it’s still a common to this day. Mostly pain is often muscle, joint or nerve related. If you’re suffering from this type of pain yourself, you’ll want to make sure you know what the causes are and what you can do about it. Aches and pains can often be debilitating and prevent you from enjoying your favourite activities. It’s important to know which kind of pain to look out for.

Pain can be a signal that something is wrong. However, not all kinds of pain are created equal—and knowing what kind of pain you’re experiencing and when to seek medical advice will help you identify the right course of action.

There are many ways to describe pain. You can describe it in words, or by its intensity, duration, or location. One thing that pain often lacks is context. When you experience any kind of pain, whether it’s a bruise, a pulled muscle, or even a headache, it’s hard to understand the source of the pain. Pain can feel like a deep ache, but it can also feel like a throbbing, stabbing pain, or even a burning sensation. If you want to treat pain and get better faster, it’s essential to understand which type of pain you’re dealing with so that you can choose the right treatment.

In this blog, we talk about the five most common kinds of muscle pain:
  1. Neck Pain
  2. Shoulder Pain
  3. Lower Back Pain
  4. Knee Pain
  5. Hamstring Pain
  1. Neck Pain

  2. Neck pain is a common problem. There are many causes for this including muscle strain, sprain, car accidents, neck problems, instability, in general stiffness, poor muscle patterns, activation of correct sequence of movements and whiplash. Neck pain is often caused by wrong repetitive motions, long periods of sitting, awkward postures and poor ergonomics. A large percentage of people who work at computers suffer from computer-related neck pain. Understanding neck pain is the first step to finding the right kind of treatment. When you treat neck pain one should always look at the body holistically, especially the whole spine. The one body part influences the next, for example the low back has an influence on the neck(positioning of your head) and vice versa

    Neck pain/headaches is common among adults. It’s caused by stress, overuse, or injury. There are many reasons why a person would get neck pain. One of them is when the muscles that support the head gets strained. Another reason is if you have an injury to the nerves or blood vessels around the neck. These conditions can cause neck pain. Neck pain can be treated by having conservative manual interventions(Physiotherapy) Rehab neck exercises or taking medication. Most importantly, don’t push yourself too hard while doing your daily activities. If you do so, you may injure yourself and cause neck pain. If you are experiencing neck pain, you need to find a medical professional experienced in that field and have your condition diagnosed. Then, you can learn how to treat it properly.

  3. Shoulder Pain

  4. Shoulder pain affects millions of people every year. While the condition is quite common, there are many different causes. Knowing what’s causing your shoulder pain can help you treat it appropriately. Here are some of the main causes of shoulder pain: • Rotator Cuff syndrome, Shoulder capsulitis(Frozen shoulder), Shoulder sprains and strains, Tendinitis, bursitis OA(Osteo arthritis) and referred pain:

    Most of the above pain that might be experienced was either a direct blow to the body, poor mechanics in activities, especially training and sporting activities, or poor habits or movement that was developed over time

    Shoulder pain is caused by a lot of different things. You can’t really understand the problem until you know what is causing it. Pain in the shoulder region can come from a lot of different places. In many cases, the cause of the pain can be identified right away. However, if a clinical diagnosis cannot be made, imaging support like a x-ray, sonar or MRI can assist to accurately diagnose.  This will ensure that one treats the origin of the pain and not just the cause. Healing takes time, so be patient with your body, follow instructions and take it one step at time. I have seen to many patients jumping from one treatment option to the next, but they haven’t even given the body time to respond properly to the intervention that was done.

  5. Lower Back Pain

  6. A pain in the lower back can have many causes. It may be due to injury, poor posture, obesity or a combination of all three. But whatever the cause, when it occurs, it can severely affect your quality of life. The symptoms of low back pain include pain, stiffness, or numbness below the waist. The most common locations for low back pain are the lower back itself. Other possible locations for low back pain include referral from the trunk or even your intestines. There are four main types of low back pain: acute, chronic, recurrent, and referred pain.

    Your Medical professional will be able to help diagnose and treat your condition. The best way to manage your back pain is to have the proper exercises and do it on a regular basis. The key is the type of exercises that you do for the type of condition/type pain that you experience.

  7. Knee Pain

  8. The knee is a complex structure that has three main parts. It is made up of the femur (the thigh bone), the tibia (the shinbone), and the patella (kneecap). The patella acts as a hinge to allow the knee to flex and extend. The function of the knee is supported by a meniscus, cartilage, ligaments and a joint capsule. Pain in the knee can stem from an injury or overuse. In many cases pain the knee can either be from your foot(wrong gait) or referred pain from your low back or hip. If you really go into detail it can originate from wrong trunk position. Knee pain be either due to a knee structure that is damaged/worn due to either or and acute incident or chronic misuse of the joint. Muscle imbalances in the lower body is usually the big culprit when we talk about chronic knee pain and it need to be addressed correctly by your medical professional

  9. Hamstring Pain

  10. The hamstrings are the muscles a the back of the thigh that help stabilize the knee, assist with control of other muscles like your calve that gives support to the  ankle. The hamstring muscles are attached to the pelvis and the lower leg, and they play an important role in the normal walking pattern. Hamstring pain is not only painful, but can cause a lot of trouble if not treated immediately. The hamstring muscles are made up of three tendons; the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris. When they become inflamed or injured, they may become painful and swollen. Pain and swelling are a sign that something is wrong. The interaction that the femur has with the pelvis, tibia/fibula, knee cap and the angle and alignment of those joints is the key to a pain free knee. Maintaining a good posture and centre of gravity can have a huge influence on pain experienced in the hamstring region.

    Consult with your medical expert. Diagnosis is key.


    In conclusion, Pain is an alarm system. We all have a limited number of “pain receptors” in our nerves. If we sense pain, we stop and pay attention. We are trying to tell ourselves something. This something is often our body telling us that something has gone wrong. We know that something is wrong when we feel pain. In order to understand pain and to be able to take appropriate action, we need to be able to recognize pain, assess its cause and the level of severity, and then choose the appropriate response. Although body pain can be a very debilitating illness, there are ways to treat it.

    Learn more here, https://www.ptx.co.za   Ryk Eksteen is an experienced and qualified physiotherapist with practices in Pretoria area of South Africa doing what he passionately love most, helping patients relieving pain and regaining their lives.

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